Families love the Enchanted Adventure Garden at Arthurs Seat. The three mazes and tube slides are great for younger kids. But for those who like adventure, tree surfing is the way to go. You explore the treetops by using bridges, zip lines and platforms. Younger children can do the nippers course.
The Panorama Garden Estate is one of the best-kept secrets on the peninsula. It’s a private property so you need to book to get the address. The 22-hectare sanctuary includes gardens, wetlands, rainforest and a wildlife reserve. You can see farm animals and native animals such as emus, wallabies and rare white kangaroos while enjoying the great views of Bass Strait.
Rug up as it’s always windy at Cape Schanck Lighthouse in the Mornington Peninsula National Park. You can take a tour of the lighthouse, which was built in 1859 and is still working today. The short Cape Walk takes visitors to a wooden staircase and boardwalk that lead down to Pulpit Rock and the Devils Desk. On one side you can see the lighthouse and, on the other, spectacular coastal views. There are some nice bushwalks, including one to Bushrangers Bay. Some walkers have spotted whales in the season.
I grew up going to the Dromana Drive-in. There are three screens so you have a choice of movies. It’s a bit of a nostalgia thing – when the weather’s nice it’s good to go and have a picnic or drop into the diner for ’50s-style food.
I like wandering through the Diggers Club’s gardens and nursery at Heronswood in Dromana. The homestead is only open a few times a year but the gardens are open most days. The club runs gardening workshops such as backyard chooks or growing herbs. A lot of the produce grown here is used in the cafe.